Book Launch Thu 14 Dec

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The 22village book is now printed and currently 1,000 copies are being bound. To mark this there will be a launch at the Council Offices in College Heath Road, Mildenhall on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm. If you have ordered a book/books please give a cheque (payable to Forest Heath District Council - 5 per book) to your village contact  so they can be collected on the night. This will be an opportunity to talk to the Councillors, Officers of Forest Heath District Council and local history experts who helped make this project possible and also other teams and members of the Press. Advance copies of the CD will be available to those willing to act as testers. As the CD now contains four times the amount of work we originally planned for the cost will be brought in line with the book at 5 each.

Add to your village web/CD by 12 Dec
After intensively working on the book for the past 2 months (I think I still have proofs under my pillow!). We can now focus on adding articles to the web sites (which then become the CD). So please would all teams revisit their village web, decide what other articles they would like to see and submit them by 12th December. To be fair to all 25 communities, I would ask that each team initially pick the most important three articles and resubmit them in an appropriate format (enclosing layout instructions, references and picture information within square brackets [ ] eg [ Pic church2.jpg here], ...great fire continued to burn[ref Bury Free Press March 16th 1860]) with pictures attached separately. Once these have been published, we will see about adding more if time allows. Any problems or help needed contact Joe 01379 646046

Village Maps Online
Thanks to the excellent work of our sponsors , the Tithe and Enclosure maps for Barton Mills, Elveden, Herringswell, Kentford, Mildenhall, Moulton and Tuddenham have been digitised and made available via the 22villages web at (they will also be put on the relevant villages own sites. Thanks must also go the Suffolk Records Office for allowing us to publish these 400 year old documents in this way.

The maps are viewed through a window on the page which can be scrolled and magnified, you would need a 120" monitor to view it at full size and each map would fill 150 floppy discs! This is the first time that a project like ours has used this kind of technology, valued at over 20,000.

Dear villagers...
I present the weekday drivetime programme on BBC Radio Suffolk, and later this year we're launching a regular feature where we link up with our village correspondents, either on the phone, in person, or live in our radio car. We'll chat about anything and everything about each community, in the hope of giving our listeners an idea of what makes people tick in town and villages across the county. And with this in mind I'm looking to compile a new list of people who'd be willing to be on our files, and take part in the programmes. Interested applicants should send off for an application form, by calling 01473 340740, or emailing me for an electronic version on
GRAHAM BARNARD Suffolk PM presenter BBC Radio Suffolk.

Praise for the village teams
We have had a letter from the Festival Advisor for the Millennium Festival. In it Helen Mitchell describes the 22villages project as "one of the great success stories of the Millennium Festival" and an "excellent and visionary project". The Eastern region has been responsible for 72 major projects but 22villages is one of only three to be highlighted in a National document. for more details click here.


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